How I nearly sunk the Brown Wonder (part 5 of 10)

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As Friday evening slipped into the early morning
hours I reckoned the day would not be complete
without a Brown Wonder voyage. Dave the Wave
loaded her up with a full crew... me in the back
seat, underwear still moist from Billy's huge
splash. I was responsible for locking the lower
door lock on the passenger side, but little did I
know Dave has a semi-custom locking arc. As
I recall my Amphi locks at around 100 degrees
lever rotation, but Dave's is "child proof,"
which translates to "Amphipoda ignorant." So
once we're well underway I noticed an excessive
influx of Celina lake water through the door seam
seal. I announced to Dave "We're taken on water."
But was not taken too seriously... after all this is
the Brown Wonder and some amount of water is
expected. After a few minutes I said to Dave,
"Try the bilge pump, my shoes are getting wet
back here." With that, the bilge pump let loose
a mighty stream of green/brown water. But the
water coming in still exceeded the bilge output.
Someone realized my door lock blunder and
righted the situation by fully rotating the lock
to a 270 degree arc, however the Brown Wonder
apparently has other sources of leakage. Who'd
a thunk it? Dave the Wave was so nonchalant
about a few inches of water that I just marveled
at his composure. When we finally emerged
from the lake the Brown Wonder relieved itself
in the parking lot like a racehorse after an enema.
Mark gave me a ride back to the hotel in his way
squirrelly Amphi which he later discovered to
still have the propellers engaged - even in 4th
gear! Sheesh... handles like a boat on land and
like a car in the water. That was the bitter sweet
end to our first day in Celina.

Highlights to come: Return of the Mermaid(s),
Herding Cats for a Photo, Tech Talk Gawk,
The goldfish cracker election and Hugh's plaque.

`64 Turquoise
San Diego

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